Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to help schools diminish the difference between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers’. If a child has eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been continuously looked after (in public care) for at least 6 months, the school receives an amount per head within their budget to help support these children.
At Berry Hill Primary School, our whole school vision is a simple one:
Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Brave.
Our Pupil Premium strategy is part of our whole school strategy and ethos. We aim to provide all children with the best possible start to life, we want to help produce outstanding individuals who know the importance of kindness, hard work and being brave and who will leave us with a sense of responsibility to make positive contributions to society. The funding the school receives for each Pupil Premium child (£1345 per pupil per year) is used to provide a high standard teaching and support – supporting pupils to fulfil their potential and ensure a gap in progress does not develop between pupil premium children and non-pupil premium children. Berry Hill has a lower proportion Pupil Premium pupils (9.5%) than national average for Primary schools (13.7%)
The ultimate outcome at Berry Hill is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve high attainment across all subject areas.
The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils and identified academically vulnerable pupils to achieve that goal, including progress for those who are already high attainers. The activity we have outlined in this statement is also intended to support all pupil needs, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not.
High quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on the areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact in closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit all pupils. Our current strategy considered the individual barriers faced by pupils, and how these can best be overcome through a planned, reviewed, monitored programme of support. A balanced approach, taking research for best outcomes into account, is planned to:
- Ensure disadvantaged pupils are supported and challenged in the work they are set
- Respond to needs at the point they are identified
- Adopt a whole school approach in which all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupil’s outcomes and raise expectations of what they can achieve.
Attendance and academic progress of Pupil Premium children is carefully monitored through in school tracking, and actions are taken to ensure all children have the opportunity to attend well.
Our Pupil Premium provisions are audited annually, and actions needed to improve the provision updated.